Tea towels are one of my favorite things in the world. You know how when people go on trips and they ask you what kind of a little souvenir you want? Well, I always ask for a kitchen or tea towel. They are actually something that can be used, they are decorative and unique and they don't take up a ton of space. What's not to love? That being said, there are a lot of really effing ugly towels out there. So, I was thrilled when I came across Pippa's Print Shop and her hand stamped flour sack towels. They bring art into the kitchen and I could not love them more.
Bonus: They are HUGE, and also washer/dryer friendly. These are a great gift option for those friends who seem to have it all, and are difficult to shop for!
Here's the scoop on this great find, straight from Pippa herself:
"I founded Pippa’s Print Shop in 2014 as an outlet in the urban jungle of Oakland, California. The chaos, grit, and noise of the big city was stifling my creative life. I’m a small-town girl. I grew up bicoastal in two stunning backwoods towns--Ojai, California, a land of avocados, agave and sage, and Sweden, Maine, an unending forest of birch trees, colonial covered bridges and loons chirping on lakes. My work is a reflection of the deep nature found in these places, a constant source of calm and inspiration.
Travel and the beauty of culture influence every print, and you can see the trace of distant lands in my pieces—Brazil, Montana, West Africa, Oakland, Paris, Prague, and London. Bright color, unique shape, and exploration define my style.
My process begins with an idea, a shape, and a blank slate. I sketch the concept onto a linoleum slab and watch it grow. Then I carve, envisioning the negative space and color palette. From there I roll block printing ink onto the linoleum, often using two color schemes, and finally hand-press it onto a sheet of paper. I prefer exploring color and shape by making limited editions of all my prints. This gives them a longer life, and allows a more creative process. Once printed they hang in my studio in Ventura, CA until they are signed, numbered, and named. My textiles are all washed, handprinted, hung-dry, and ironed for maximum durability."
Now through Thanksgiving 2016, use code 'dbsobsessed' for a 20% discount on your entire order in Pippa's Etsy shop!
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"Due to the limited editions, each print is personal to me and to you. Unique art has a sacred place in my heart and history, and I try to connect my life with yours through the process and final product.
Driven by the need to create, Pippa's Print Shop allows me the freedom and space to integrate my love of photography, nature, and linocut printing into one unconventional job. The challenges of owning a small business are made so much sweeter by the freedom in creativity. I see art everywhere and find inspiration and motivation in bright and uplifting colors and shapes. From walks on the beach with my Sheltie to succulent-hunting with my niece, I am my most creative when wandering the world and soaking up the beauty that is right out our front doors. I strive everyday to spread the joy I feel through my designs and hope you feel that too.
drew bailey scott
My raison d'etre: Seeking and experiencing that which improves my life in all areas. The purpose of this blog: to share those incredible discoveries with others, hopefully making their lives even better!